There is tremendous demand from students who want to enter nursing programs, yet last year 56,000 qualified applicants were turned away. So nursing programs are thinking out of the box, creating ways to accommodate more students.

West Virginia University’s School of Nursing is expanding their program to new campuses, looking at new models of partnering with hospitals to allow their nursing staff to teach students.

Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, offers an accelerated associate nursing program that allows qualified paramedics or veterans to be admitted straight into the second year of the two-year program.

Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan has partnered with University of Michigan’s accelerated 16-month undergraduate program designed for veterans with medical experience who want to transition into a nursing career.

These bridge programs can help ease the nursing shortage. To learn about more ways we can produce more much needed nurses, visit us at SelfCare for HealthCare™.  Interested in LeAnn Thieman’s keynote speaking, training and workshops? Email